Taliban refuses to negotiate with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government, terming it a ‘puppet regime’ [File: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

Islamabad, Pakistan – United States Special Envoy on Afghan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, is due to arrive in the Pakistani capital Islamabad for talks with the country’s civilian and military leadership, as the Afghan Taliban threaten to pull out of peace talks that could see an end to the 17-year Afghan War.

Khalilzad is expected to land in

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